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Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

Trying to eliminate pockets of excess fat that accumulate on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and other areas of the body can be a frustrating process. Often, diet and exercise on their own are just not sufficient to the task. ​

In such cases, many people who want to achieve more aesthetically pleasing body contours turn to liposuction, which has been one of the most popular plastic surgery techniques for more than three decades now.

This safe, proven procedure has allowed millions of patients to improve their figures through the precise targeting and removal of isolated deposits of fat. Often combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery) and breast augmentation, liposuction is a potentially ideal solution for anyone looking to refine and rejuvenate their contours.

Why Liposuction?

Liposuction is a common surgical procedure where deposits of excess adipose tissue (fat) are removed from “trouble spot” areas of the body, including the abdomen, flanks (love handles), bra strap, arms, male chest, chin, lower back, outer thighs, inner thighs, and “saddle bags”.

Liposuction is performed with a thin wand called a “cannula” which is inserted into the desired area after the area is numbed. The cannula is attached to a vacuum which removes the fat from the body.

The amount that is removed varies greatly depending on the person’s weight, what areas they are working on, and how many areas they are having done at the same time. The amount of fat and “aspirate” (fat and numbing fluid combined) that is removed ranges from one liter to up to 4 liters.

Liposuction helps individuals who have “trouble spots” that are resistant to diet and exercise. These stubborn areas are often hereditary and sometimes not proportionate to the rest of their body. Even individuals who are in good shape can struggle with areas such as love handles that just don’t seem to want to respond to diet and exercise.

Different types of Liposuction?

Traditional Liposuction: done under general anesthesia

Tumescent Liposuction: done under local anesthesia and therefore is safer for the patient than traditional liposuction

Laser Liposuction: There are two types of Laser Liposuction

  • External Laser Liposuction: This includes Coolsculpting and Zerona; the laser is only placed on the outside of the skin; no suctioning is done; this is the least invasive type of laser liposuction but results are substantially less noticable than others types of liposuction
  • Internal Laser Liposuction: This includes Smartlipo, Slimlipo, and other laser systems that are similar; the laser is placed inside the skin into the fat layer and helps liquify the fat and tighten the skin; then the fat if suctioned out. This is much more effective than External Laser Liposuction. Internal Laser Liposuction is a subset of Tumescent Liposuction. This only difference is that there is an extra step between numbing and suctioning to use the laser to help liquify the fat.

What type of Liposuction does Dr. Hennessy perform?

Dr. Hennessy performs a type of Tumescent Liposuction called (PAL) Power assisted Liposuction.

Power assisted liposuction is performed using a special cannula (thin wand) which uses tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells so that they can be suctioned out of the body. Tumescent Liposuction is a relatively new technique that is more comfortable than other Liposuction approaches. Dr. Hennessy will infuse a local anesthetic into the target area. After the areas to be treated are numb, a cannula is used to remove the fat. General anesthetic is not used.

This techniques offers multiple benefits: Less risk of infection, less blood loss, no need for i.v. placement, short recovery time (some patients return to work within 48 hours). In addition, patients are even able to watch a movie during the liposuction procedure.

Doctors can remove more fat in a shorter period of time, which leads to enhanced results, a safer procedure, and faster recovery.

Expected Cost of Liposuction

The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. Downsize Lipo Center strives to make this procedure affordable.

The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below compared to Downsize Lipo Center:

​We are currently offering a 50% discount promotion to all first time patients.


Abdomen (upper&lower): $4,400-$9,900 $2,640-$3,080
Abdomen (one area): $2,750-$7,700 $1,650-$2,310
Arms: $1,650-$5,500 $1,100-$1,650
Buttocks: $2,200-$5,500 $1,650-$3,850
Chin: $2,750-$6,050 $1,650-$2,310
Inner Thigh: $3,630-$7,150 $2,750-$4,400
Outer Thigh: $2,200–$4,500 $2,200–$4,500
Hips/Waist: $2,750-$5,500 $1,650-$3,850



If you are concerned about the cost of liposuction, Downsize Lipo Center offers convenient cosmetic surgery financing to fit your budget.

Downsize Lipo Center offers Lending USA Patient Financing

*All information and pricing subject to change.

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